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bill-oxford-udXD2NrbXS8-unsplash-300x200A police officer in Santa Ana, CA, is accused of committing workers’ compensation insurance fraud for allegedly continuing to accept his full salary without working, even though he was physically able to return to work.

Jonathon Ridge, 39, was charged with four counts of insurance fraud. Attorney information wasn’t available.

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scott-graham-5fNmWej4tAA-unsplash-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York has announced charges against Brian Bartz of Rochester, NY, on allegations of fraud and identity theft. Bartz, 38, was charged with aggravated identity theft, attempted wire fraud, and wire fraud. Attorney information wasn’t available.

Bartz is accused of submitting false life insurance policies on behalf of hundreds of individuals without their knowledge or consent when he worked at the Benjamin Hollamby Agency. He allegedly ran the scheme in order to collect commissions and bonuses for the sale of those policies. To avoid detection, he used various victims’ bank accounts to pay for the policy premiums, the complaint states.

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thermometer-headache-pain-pills-139398-300x200Three individuals were indicted in New Jersey on Thursday for their alleged involvement in a $6 million prescription fraud scheme that targeted state healthcare plans in South Jersey.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey announced a 33-count indictment against Dr. Brian Sokalsky, 42, of Margate; Vincent Tornari, 46, of Linwood; and Ashley Lyons-Valenti, 63, of Swedesboro, for their role in conspiracy schemes to receive kickback payments for medically unnecessary compounded medications. It is unclear if they have acquired legal representation.

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sebastian-pichler-bAQH53VquTc-unsplash-300x200Authorities in Panama City, FL, arrested three people accused of committing workers’ compensation fraud on Tuesday. There is a pending arrest warrant for a fourth individual, sources indicate.

One of the individuals arrested was Bay County Commissioner Keith Baker, who is the owner of Tri-State Climate Solutions LLC. Baker faces charges of workers’ compensation fraud, bid tampering, and official misconduct. He was booked into Bay County Jail. Attorney information wasn’t available at the time of writing.

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aaron-lee-FAzNAamqwR4-unsplash-300x200Federal prosecutors in Miami are seeking to seize a penthouse in a luxury high-rise condo tower in the city’s downtown area. The penthouse was allegedly used to embezzle millions of dollars by a minister of parliament in the Republic of Congo.

According to the civil forfeiture complaint, Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso transferred millions of dollars through an unknown associate to bank accounts in South Florida in order to buy a 3,500-square-foot penthouse at 900 Biscayne Boulevard in 2012.

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